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Bowyer , wife Lorra welcome baby girl Presley
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and his wife, Lorra, welcomed their second child into the world, keeping a musical theme in their choice of baby names. Bowyer tweeted Friday the arrival of daughter Presley Elizabeth, indicating that "everyone is good" after the delivery. Oh boy am I in trouble now!! World...meet baby girl Presley Elizabeth. Everyone is good! pic.twitter.com/qmeRE397Wm — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) December 9, 2016 The selection of Presley -- spelled identically to the last name of rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley -- pairs nicely with the handle given to Bowyers' son, named Cash Aaron and born Oct. 1, 2014. That calling card happens to pluck Johnny Cash's last name with Elvis Presley's middle name. The 37-year-old driver had announced that the couple was expecting back in June, jokingly lamenting that he was about to lose "our grasp on male dominance w/in the Bowyer household." Bowyer wrapped up his lone season with HScott Motorsports in 2016. He'll drive the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet next season, succeeding the retiring Tony Stewart .
69 things to love about Greg Biffle
Since announcing his departure from longtime team Roush Fenway Racing following the 2016 racing season, Greg Biffle has tackled the offseason with a seemingly new outlook on life -- at least evidenced by his tweets following the announcement. In celebration, it's only appropriate to share a list of 69 things to love about Greg Biffle -- in both his storied racing career and off-track pursuits. Racing, in general 1. First driver to win both an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series championship. 2. Has a dozen poles or more and multiple wins in all three national series. 3. Committed to Roush Fenway Racing for 19 years -- something nearly unheard of by today's standards. 4. Made his first NASCAR-sanctioned start in 1989 (in the NASCAR Northwest Series) -- before Kyle Larson , Chase Elliott , Austin Dillon , Trevor Bayne , Ryan Blaney , Chris Buescher , Landon Cassill , and Joey Logano were born. 5. Finished second in the #NASCARHoleshot Challenge... 6. ... but didn't faceplant into the wall like winner Clint Bowyer . 7. Won Roush Fenway Racing 's first NASCAR championship In 2000, @gbiffle won the first championship in #RFRDriven history pic.twitter.com/0XbByzfvab — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) November 21, 2016 8. Made a start in the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. 9. Raced in IROC in 2003. 10. Reached 218 mph in a test at Texas in 2009 -- a record speed in a stock car at the track. 11. Was discovered and recommended to Jack Roush by late racing legend Benny Parsons. 12. He's not afraid to drag race. Camping World Truck Series 13. Won the 2000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. 14. Earned the title of 1998 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year 15. Won approximately one-third of the races in the 1999 Truck Series season (nine out of 25). 16. Drove one of the best Truck Series paint schemes ever. On this day in 1999, @gbiffle scored his 9th career @NASCAR_Trucks win at @LVMotorSpeedway #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/ULRTsHLksO — OreiusCentaur (@OreiusCentaur) September 24, 2016 17. Led more 2,000 laps in the Truck Series, despite making only 81 starts. 18. Helped broadcast a Truck race for MRN. In the @MRNRadio booth for the Truck race @kansasspeedway pic.twitter.com/6BwLzus12z — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) May 7, 2016 XFINITY SERIES 19. Won the 2002 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. 20. 2001 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year. 21. 2002 NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver. 22. Holds the record for fastest XFINITY Series qualifying lap at Bristol Motor Speedway . 23. Has led more than 4,000 laps in the XFINITY Series. PREMIER SERIES 24. Got called a bug-eyed dummy by Sterling Marlin. 25. He knows what he’s good at: All his wins have come at tracks between 1 mile and 2.5 miles in length. 26. His 2005 season was like Mark Martin’s 1998 -- a solid season by all accounts, but not quite enough to win the championship. 27. Held the title of the oldest full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2016. 28. Got in a fight with Tom Logano at Auto Club Speedway in 2009.
Bowyer back at home track, eagerly awaits move to SHR
MORE: Bowyer brings fan to tears with surprise " SHR to switch to Ford in '17 KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The emails are already starting to hit his inbox. " Clint Bowyer , No. 14 Ford driver, Stewart-Haas Racing ," the mocked-up, soon-to-be-sold merchandise reads. With six remaining races in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season -- the one in which Bowyer drives the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet -- it's hard for the veteran not to look ahead to next year, when he'll replace the retiring Tony Stewart . "Certainly, it's always natural to start thinking about next year. You better be this time of year no matter if you are moving or staying the same and nothing changes," Bowyer said Friday at Kansas Speedway , site of Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "That is how far in advance you have to look in this sport and work. All the organizations are lining themselves up and gearing up for next year, all the while, there is a lot of racing left to do in 2016." It's a trying request for Bowyer not to start licking his chops thinking about his soon-to-be ride when he's struggled with an ill-performing car most of the season and has a mere three top-10 finishes, by far a career low. ANALYSIS: Bowyer , HScott playing catch up It doesn't help to stem the anticipation any when he sees his future teammates battling for wins and titles. Last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a prime example, according to the 37-year-old Emporia, Kansas native. "I look over and I see all the Stewart-Haas cars up front, qualified well, Danica (Patrick) was fast, all the cars raced well," he said. "Those are the things that you look at and get excited for next year. But, hey, you've got an opportunity to come back home and race and compete in front of your hometown crowd. Like I said, there is plenty of racing to do and things to accomplish this year. We've got to cap it off well and start to get focused on next year. "It is exciting. … An email came across my phone and I look over and its No. 14 merchandise approvals for next year. You are like 'holy cow,' it's becoming reality. It's fixing to pick up in a big way." There's basically nowhere to go but up in his impending season with SHR, as a tumultuous 2013 campaign with Michael Waltrip Racing set his career on the path of a winless downward spiral in which his performance declined from every measurable aspect -- a year after finishing runner-up to Brad Keselowski for the Sprint Cup Series title. Last year’s announcement that he’d replace the three-time champion Stewart at season’s end was the first good news he’d had to share publicly since the birth of his son, Cash. RELATED: Baby No. 2 on the way for Bowyer Apart from the increase in performance he can expect from an organization that took home the 2014 title with driver Kevin Harvick , that has five wins this season and put three drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , SHR offers Bowyer a welcoming environment in which he's already comfortable with their top-tiered talent, many of which are longtime friends of his. "Just a great outfit over there, everybody from the top to the bottom; the teammates, I've worked with Kevin (Harvick) for many years. I'm looking forward to Kurt (Busch). Kurt is the one that I've never really known a lot about. Always raced against him, but never worked with him in any way, shape or form. Danica, I'm closer to her than probably some of the others, so I'm just looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a neat atmosphere and something that 10 years into this thing one of the best opportunities ever is at your doorstep and fixing to happen. " … Just looking forward to being in a situation where you can go out and know that if the equipment is there that you will have a good weekend. That is all you can ask for as a race car driver.” While it's likely that Bowyer will have to wait until next year to finally win a Sprint Cup race at his home track, he knows that there were valuable lessons he'll take away from a frustrating season. "I think I've learned a lot from the racing on the race track and I’ve learned a lot about myself (this year)," he said. "This isn't easy and I think hopefully we can get back in (the media center) and there are going to be these seats filled again. "And I've got a beer in my hand because the trophy is sitting right there, right? That is what we do this for." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Postponed race forces Bowyer to worst possible place
With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race postponed from Saturday to Sunday, drivers had a full day on their hands. That wasn't necessarily a good thing. Just check out Clint Bowyer 's Twitter feed. Clint ended up at perhaps the most despised "husband place" in existence. You think a rain out pisses you off?!? This is what has become of my day. #dadduty pic.twitter.com/Y9eKts5LgZ — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) October 8, 2016 Pretty nice little Saturday, Clint! What's next ... a trip to Home Depot?
Clint Bowyer reveals baby No. 2 is on the way
Whether it's baby announcements or describing his moves in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Clint Bowyer has a way with words that makes him appreciated by many racing fans. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that he used the No. 2 (bathroom humor) emoji when revealing that his wife is pregnant with child No. 2. Spoiler alert: This baby doesn't have a dingy. Oh !!! Cash & I found out today we're soon to loose our grasp on male dominance w/in the Bowyer household. @LorraBowyer having baby girl. — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) June 15, 2016
Bowyer's Darlington scheme honors Benny Parsons
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now HScott Motorsports unveiled the throwback paint schemes that Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet) and Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet) will sport at Darlington Raceway for next week's Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sept. 4, 6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bowyer's car honors 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Benny Parsons. The paint scheme sponsored by 5-hour Energy features Parsons' name just below the net opening and photos of the racer on the hood. The scheme itself is a tribute to the L.G. DeWitt deep-orange with blue wheels ride from Parsons' championship season of 1973. Parsons compiled 21 premier series wins over a 21-year career. Parsons was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Parsons also transitioned into television work following his NASCAR career, commentating for NBC and TNT until his passing in 2007, at the age of 65. Here it is! @ClintBowyer 's @5hourenergy throwback scheme for @TooToughToTame honoring Benny Parsons! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/xDa9ugeiD9 — HScott Motorsports (@Team_HSM) August 27, 2016 Annett's car pays tribute to the logos of sponsor Pilot Flying J. Michael's No. 46 Chevrolet is throwing back to the 1970’s era @PilotFlyingJ logos and livery @TooToughToTame . pic.twitter.com/0wuBLJQVO8 — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) August 26, 2016 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Bowyer brings fan to tears with surprise gesture
It's Fan Appreciation Weekend at Richmond International Raceway , and Clint Bowyer is doing his part. The driver of the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet surprised a fan, who is a cancer survivor, with two hot passes, which will provide her and a guest incredible access during Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The act of kindness brought her to tears. . @ClintBowyer says #ThanksFans by surprising two lucky fans with hot passes! pic.twitter.com/golQ1MCYlW — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 10, 2016 Way to go, Clint.
Bowyer's Fourth of July gets intense, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Fired up the blender! pic.twitter.com/y5ipeUXVh2 — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) July 4, 2016 2. Saw @DanicaPatrick at the mall doing Danica things pic.twitter.com/NUxNAXkCpp — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 3, 2016 3. Self dressed ✔️ Sweat bands ✔️ Jordans ✔️ Hornets ✔️ #ballin ' pic.twitter.com/omj378ncMu — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) July 6, 2016 4. Got apprehensive @Amy_Reimann flyin the drone. Shortly after this she chased the horses around the field with it. pic.twitter.com/FSJY8jZj0N — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2016 5. Taken thru a spotting scope with my phone. Our symbol of freedom at my ranch pic.twitter.com/9FCRJx7KTB — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) July 4, 2016 6. We got Frankie a new friend...meet Luigi Logano pic.twitter.com/dEIBGBTbxj — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 6, 2016 7. Takes a few things to prep the wounded heel before putting my shoe on.. pic.twitter.com/n2YmxWn07E — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) July 7, 2016 8. Remote CO cabin at 11k feet. ✔️ Amazing memories made. ✔️ pic.twitter.com/doU3v6Y2nF — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 6, 2016
Bowyer : Racing is 'about what you're going to do tomorrow'
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Those heat-of-the-moment tirades that fans are able to hear during the course of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race might be entertaining, but they don't always tell the whole story, according to HScott Motorsports driver Clint Bowyer . "Whether I'm frustrated or happy or whatever … whether it's a (celebration) or a pissed off moment that happens, the wick's pretty short," Bowyer said Thursday at Kansas Speedway , site of Saturday's GoBowling 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "It burns out in about five minutes. The next thing out of my mouth is 'Alright, now what are we going to do to fix it?' " Bowyer , 36, is in a transition year, spending the 2016 season as driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet for HSM. He'll move over to Stewart-Haas Racing in '17, inheriting the No. 14 ride currently occupied by co-owner/driver Tony Stewart . An early-season start that saw the driver finish inside the top 20 only once in seven races frustrated the eight-time winner, and that frustration often could be heard as he vented to his team on the radio during races. But it's what takes place after the pot has boiled over, he said, that determines what occurs next. "I don't ever care about yesterday or what happened in a practice or a race," he said. "… This sport is all about what you're going to do tomorrow. That's what you have to instill into yourself and everybody around you to be able to go out there and get the job done, compete at the level I know we're capable of competing at for our sponsors and for ourselves." Bowyer hasn't been to Victory Lane in a Sprint Cup race since the 2012 season, a span of 123 races. He did qualify for last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup based on points earned, but was eliminated in the first round. HScott fields two Sprint Cup teams -- the No. 15 of Bowyer as well as the No. 46 for driver Michael Annett . Bowyer enters this weekend's race 27th in points while Annett is 35th. But two of the last three races have seen Bowyer finish inside the top 10 -- he was eighth at Bristol and seventh most recently at Talladega. "I was struggling to get that kind of consistency where I was last year," he said of his final season at the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing. "When you're down, most of the time there's a reason, especially when you're down as far as we' re down. We had work to do; we're starting to get some new waves of cars built, get some things to where we are satisfied with them and excited about bringing them to the track and seeing what our hard work has done. That's all you can do." Anyone should be frustrated, he said, if they felt their performance as a driver or their team's performance wasn't up to par. That doesn't mean a team no longer attempts to improve. "When you're running good, it's easy," Bowyer said. "When you're running bad, it's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life. I don't care what organization you're at or how much depth you have or anything else. It's that simple. … "This is hard. This is a hard business and it's very competitive. If you're good, you better work hard to stay good or you're not going to be there long. If you're bad, you've got to work hard to get caught up."
Analysis: Bowyer , HScott playing catch-up after SHR announcement
This was expected to be a big year for HScott Motorsports , with the addition of veteran Clint Bowyer to its driver lineup and a closer working relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing helping to stabilize a team that is only in its third full season of full-time competition. While Bowyer's stay at HSM will be brief -- he leaves to take over the No. 14 entry at Stewart-Haas Racing next year -- he had expressed hopes of being able to help HScott improve its program before his departure. Such has not been the case, however. Through the first seven races, Bowyer is 32nd in points and understandably frustrated. There has been no increase in the level of support provided by Stewart-Haas, in light of that four-team organization's impending move to Ford in '17, an announcement made in late February by team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. That wasn't expected to be the case when Bowyer was introduced as the newest driver addition to HScott late last year. At that time, relationships with Stewart-Haas and Hendrick Motorsport were said to be key factors in the decision-making process for all involved. "I'm looking forward to the marriage that (team owner Harry Scott) has with Hendrick (Motorsports), with Stewart-Haas, that is very strong and it's something that I'm looking forward to building on," Bowyer said at the time. "I've got the best of the best when you talk about equipment. We've got Hendrick engines; we've got ties to Stewart-Haas Racing . These are the guys that are winning all the races. I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment." Bringing Bowyer , an eight-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, on board even for only one year was seen as a step up the competitive ladder for HScott, which struggled on the track with teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier in '15. Additional support from a group as successful as SHR would be a boon to the smaller outfit. Instead, Bowyer had a single top-20 finish (18th at Auto Club Speedway ) and an average finish of nearly 29th heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway . Bowyer would finish eighth Sunday, for his best showing of the season. For a driver who has rarely been outside the top 20 in points in 10 seasons of full-time competition, it's been a frustrating start. Contacted by NASCAR.com, Stewart-Haas officials said via email this week that "There isn't a formal alliance between Stewart-Haas Racing and HScott Motorsports , but SHR does collaborate with HScott and offers technical support when it can." HScott has obtained limited technical support from SHR since 2015 while also purchasing many of the cars in its fleet from the organization. But those close to the HScott situation say the technological tether that tied the teams of Bowyer and Annett to SHR appears to have been severed with the Ford announcement. It may also be a byproduct of the growing divide between the Chevrolet-branded Hendrick group and SHR as the latter outfit begins working toward the manufacturer change. At some point this season, the data sharing and flow of information between Hendrick and SHR will begin to cease; HScott, with a driver soon to be making the move to a rival Ford team, is perhaps caught in between. Changes in the relationship between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas were noted earlier this year by Stewart, who said, "the dynamic of it was kind of already changing this year anyway" and that "the technical side of it has changed quite a bit going into this season." "It's like parents who are going through a divorce," one HScott representative said of the situation, "and this team is caught in the middle." Stewart-Haas fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and its drivers have won two of the last five series championships, all under the Chevrolet banner. Its engines and chassis come from Hendrick, as well as technical information and extensive engineering support. Hendrick Motorsports fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and has won 11 Sprint Cup titles overall and six of the last 10. Although its chassis currently come through SHR, HScott leases engines from Hendrick, an arrangement that was already in place when Scott purchased the team from former owner James Finch in September of 2013. But the link between Hendrick and HScott ends there, according to Hendrick officials. The Hendrick/HScott relationship, they say, has not changed in light of the Stewart-Haas Ford announcement. In a statement provided to NASCAR.com, HScott officials noted the abundance of adjustments the organization faced heading into the 2016 season. "The challenges so far this season have primarily been the elements of change. Change has been a constant and it's had an effect. The team relocated its shop from (Spartanburg) South Carolina to (Mooresville) North Carolina in January. We have a new driver and crew chief combination, a new fleet of cars and a new aero package." The support system between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, and Stewart-Haas and HScott, isn't unusual. Similar alliances abound in NASCAR, each varying to some degree. Furniture Row Racing had a "technical alliance" in place with Richard Childress Racing before this season. When the Denver-based team made the switch to Toyota, it aligned itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , which provides chassis as well as engineering support. A comparable arrangement exits between the Ford entities of Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing . That teams would begin to "wean" themselves from such alliances as they work their way through the process of changing manufacturers is understandable considering what's at stake -- not the least of which is proprietary information and data that cannot be obtained without extensive research and development, and at much cost. While the current partners have benefited from their individual relationships, at the end of the day it remains a very competitive business. All of which leaves HScott and its teams trying to make the best of what appears to have become an unexpectedly harsh situation.